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Okemo Is Extending Their Season!

post #1 of 24
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After preparing myself over the past few days for the inevitable end of the season at Okemo on April 13th, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they've decided to extend their season another week. They'll now close on Sunday, April 20th.

Although this will push back our annual trip to Tuckerman, I'm glad to see the place is rewarding the loyal skiers and riders by not closing needlessly early!
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u View Post
After preparing myself over the past few days for the inevitable end of the season at Okemo on April 13th, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they've decided to extend their season another week. They'll now close on Sunday, April 20th.

Although this will push back our annual trip to Tuckerman, I'm glad to see the place is rewarding the loyal skiers and riders by not closing needlessly early!
"Rewarding skiers?"...something tells me money is a key motivator here
post #3 of 24
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"Rewarding skiers?"...something tells me money is a key motivator here
Doubtful, swisstrader. They extended the season in much the same manner last year - original closing date of April 15th was pushed back to April 22nd. I was there for the last three days - it was almost entirely season pass holders & (out of work) employees skiing and snowboarding. There's no way they sold enough tickets/concessions/etc. to cover their operating costs for that extra week.

IMO, this is a bone being thrown to the locals and loyalists, plain and simple.
post #4 of 24
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Doubtful, swisstrader. They extended the season in much the same manner last year - original closing date of April 15th was pushed back to April 22nd. I was there for the last three days - it was almost entirely season pass holders & (out of work) employees skiing and snowboarding. There's no way they sold enough tickets/concessions/etc. to cover their operating costs for that extra week.

IMO, this is a bone being thrown to the locals and loyalists, plain and simple.
Perhaps they see an opportunity to get some attention for themselves now that Killington will no longer be staying open late into spring, under their new management.
I've been thiking that someone, at some area, would see an opportunity there in Powdr Corpse's decision to cut costs by closing earlier.
A privately owned area is more likely to engage in a money loser like that, as opposed to a corporate one.
Hunter, privately owned, just extended their season by a week.
post #5 of 24
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Perhaps they see an opportunity to get some attention for themselves now that Killington will no longer be staying open late into spring, under their new management.
I've been thiking that someone, at some area, would see an opportunity there in Powdr Corpse's decision to cut costs by closing earlier.
A privately owned area is more likely to engage in a money loser like that, as opposed to a corporate one.
Hunter, privately owned, just extended their season by a week.
Just got an E-mail from Killington, they've extended their season to 4-20 also....
post #6 of 24
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Just got an E-mail from Killington, they've extended their season to 4-20 also....
Seems to be the thing to do these days
post #7 of 24
Okemo is also offering lift tickets for canned goods on April 1.

Bring 3 cans for the food drive, get a lift ticket. Check website for details.
post #8 of 24
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Okemo is also offering lift tickets for canned goods on April 1.

Bring 3 cans for the food drive, get a lift ticket. Check website for details.
Oh yeah, Killington is offering lift tickets for money April 1.
Bring $76, get a lift ticket.
post #9 of 24
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Oh yeah, Killington is offering lift tickets for money April 1.
Bring $76, get a lift ticket.
Is that news?
post #10 of 24
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Is that news?

I was joking... Killington ain't givin nuthin away these days....
post #11 of 24
Judging by the crowd at Okemo this past weekend they made money. I hope there are fewer people in the coming weeks. I had to give them 21 day's this season. I've only skied 60 day's. I haven't got my money's worth out of my free season pass...

But in the next couple of weeks, like the early season, it mostly employees and pass holders. There not making money.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post
"Rewarding skiers?"...something tells me money is a key motivator here
Who cares, I hope they do make money. If it means I can ski an extra week, I'll take it.
post #13 of 24
I wonder if they'll have to de-extend it after all the rain we're going to get, today, and April 1st.
post #14 of 24
It snowed here again today.

If you're in NYC, you're a long way from Okemo, weather-wise.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post
Okemo is also offering lift tickets for canned goods on April 1.

Bring 3 cans for the food drive, get a lift ticket. Check website for details.
edit: Nevermind, found it :
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by cleger View Post
It snowed here again today.

If you're in NYC, you're a long way from Okemo, weather-wise.
Forecasts for Wilmington NY (Iceface); Ludlow VT (Okemo) and Lincoln NH (Loon, Waterville Valley) are all predicting temps in the 40's or 50's, and rain, for The Fool's Day.
It is, of course, raining in the Catskills. Raining Catskills and dogs, you might say....
post #17 of 24
Remember all the rain the past few weeks, then it freezes after that ?

The base is pretty deep for the east coast and real solid 2 or 3 feet down.

It's going to take some time for it all to melt.

In town, your just beginning to see the tops of the fence post on peoples split rail fences in there yards. Some of us are waiting for it to warm up so the bumps get soft.
post #18 of 24
Right on. I'd welcome some soft bumps for a change.
post #19 of 24
hmmmm. Spring skiing in the age of global warming.

I wonder what it's like to be on a chairlift during a thunderstorm?

One year we had thunder, lightning, and snow on my birthday (in March). Should be interesting in the mountains.
post #20 of 24
I plan on being there Thursday.
post #21 of 24
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Should be interesting in the mountains.
You'll be safe in Queens.
post #22 of 24
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You'll be safe in Queens.
Maybe not. We had a thunderstorm here, near LaGuardia airport, around noon.

Whiteface tomorrow.
post #23 of 24
Just don't go to New Hampshire.
post #24 of 24
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